Volunteering in Limuru, Nairobi

Community volunteer projects in Nairobi, Kenya

Why Volunteer in Nairobi, Kenya

The cosmopolitan capital and hub of East Africa; Nairobi boasts the hustle and bustle of an African city, whilst also offering spectacular wildlife opportunities right on its doorstep. Thriving with opportunity and ambition in many different industries, Nairobi is an up and coming city, within reaching distance of some of the finest wildlife on the planet.

A city dedicated to making the world a better place. In keeping with the incredible conservation practices in place within the Maasai Mara and other national parks in Kenya; Nairobi is also doing its bit for the environment, with their strict laws against the use of plastic bags- just one of the things that make the city so unique.

A safari in the city

Dubbed as the world’s wildlife capital, the city is the backdrop to a Big 5 National Park. But that’s not all. Nairobi is host to some incredible wildlife centred attractions, including giraffes right on the outskirt of the city, allowing for a face to face encounter with these majestic creatures.

Vibrant, lively and unique, Nairobi is one of Africa’s biggest cities with nature in its heart. Discover the city life with world-class national parks and unbeatable Kenyan hospitality.

Nairobi Volunteer Projects

Hospital & Medical Support Project

A hands-on medical project where you will be supporting the rural communities in Kenya by working in hospitals & clinics.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Why Volunteer in Nairobi

Despite the incredible wildlife opportunities and vibrant city life, Kenya’s huge local population is greatly affected by the ongoing struggle of poverty and unemployment. There is a desperate need for volunteers who have the passion to help underprivileged communities and the overburdened healthcare system, to support us in our mission to improve the current living situation in Kenya.

We aim to provide a supporting role and with the help of volunteers, we aim to enrich the lives of the local community. We work with communities to establish their needs and how we can support them. That is where our volunteers come in, to provide assistance in local schools and clinics.

You will be hands-on with the community. Whether you are inspiring kids to thrive and prosper by providing individualised attention or freeing up healthcare professionals by assisting in smaller jobs at the clinic. Volunteering in Nairobi offers a life-changing experience and an amazing way to discover all the city has to offer.

Fun Facts

  • Nairobi’s name comes from the Maasai phrase ‘Enkare Nyrobi’, meaning ‘cold water’
  • Nairobi National Park, the first national park in Kenya, homes more than 50 rhinos and over 400 species of birds, making it a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Before becoming a city, Nairobi was originally one large swamp.
  • Nairobi is known as the word’s wildlife capital
  • Nairobi is often referred to as the ‘Green City in the city’
  • Nairobi is one of Africa’s most influential cities

Nairobi Highlights & Excursions

Nairobi National Park

A stone’s throw from downtown, this is an incredible wildlife hotspot, with the city as the backdrop.

Giraffe Sanctuary

Home to over 300 Rothschild’s giraffes, discover these exquisite creatures up close. You will get the opportunity to hand-feed them from a raised platform.

Elephant Orphanage

Combined with the giraffe sanctuary, this is an awesome day out.  This long-running rehabilitation project cares for baby elephants, affected by devastating poaching and habitat destruction.

Nairobi National Museum

Museum reveals Kenya’s rich culture and heritage.

Maasai Mara Safari

One of Kenya’s most iconic treasures.

Renowned for the Great Migration of 1.4 million wildebeest, which falls around July to September, ‘The Mara’ is famous year-round for its prolific game-viewing and abundance of predators and boasts the country’s highest wildlife density.  This is undoubtedly one of the greatest wildlife reserves in all of Africa, and it’s right on your doorstep.

Other National Parks

Over 65 National Parks, Reserves and sanctuaries await you to discover more of what this incredible country has to offer. 

From the almighty Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro,

Flamingos on Lake Nakuru National Park

Trekking to the crater forest Mt. Longonot National Park

The Great Rift Valley, which inspired Disney ‘The Lion King.’

Hell’s Gate National Park, just to name a few.

Extra activities available

Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, bird watching, hippo safaris, horse riding, fishing, game walks, and camping.

Kenyan Coast

Mombasa, Diani Beach, Lamu, Malindi, Watamu: Kenya’s coast is simply a tropical paradise.  Just 5 hours from Nairobi, the palm-fringed white sand beaches drop gently down to turquoise waters sheltered by coral reefs. Snorkelling, dolphin safaris, scuba diving, just to name a few.

Volunteer Accommodation

You will be living in our private cosy volunteer cottage set in the hills on a 100-acre property surrounded by tea plantations and pretty woodlands, just 30 miles from Nairobi. You will be surrounded by luscious green tea-growing highlands, with incredible views of the Great Rift Valley, which inspired the setting of Disney’s ‘The Lion King.’ Situated in a warm climate

Our volunteer accommodation is based on the incredible grounds of Brackenhurst hotel lodge. Green, secure and very scenic. Whether it’s relaxing by the fire or discovering nature at its finest on forest trails, you will be at one with your surroundings.

A comfy lounge area complete with couches and a roaring fireplace provides the perfect atmosphere for relaxing in the evenings. A covered deck also provides a tranquil spot to enjoy a warm African summer night.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Nairobi Safe?

You will be located in Limuru; is a safe area about an hour away from Nairobi. The city of Nairobi is a safe place as part of an organized trip in the tourist areas.

But you need to take precautions in order to stay safe. 

You will have the most incredible time in one of the most incredible parts of the world. As with any area of the world, remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. We advise you to avoid walking alone at night, using public transport, petty theft, leave your valuables in a safe place – the usual. 

Check out our tips on staying safe in Nairobi, so you can enjoy your stay without a worry.

How do I get to Nairobi?

Nairobi airport is one of Africa’s largest transport hubs, with lots of international direct flights. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO.)

There are many airlines that offer direct flights to Nairobi, including:

  • Kenya Airways: London- Nairobi
  • British Airways: London- Nairobi
  • South African Airways: Johannesburg – Nairobi
  • Qatar Airways: Doha – Nairobi
  • Emirates: Dubai – Nairobi
  • Air France: Paris – Nairobi
  • KML: Amsterdam to Nairobi
How currency is used in Nairobi?

The official currency in Kenya is the Kenyan shilling (KSh.) You will be able to withdraw cash at local ATMs and you can use the majority of major credit cards within the city, as well at many of the resorts, lodges, bars and restaurants, such as MasterCard or Visa. You will be able to withdraw cash at the local ATM’s.

What electrical plug is used in Nairobi?

The majority of pocket sockets found in Maasai Mara and Kenya are Type G, as found in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

What is the weather/ climate in Nairobi?

Nairobi’s climate is pretty consistent all year round, with a couple of minor changes in the weather at certain points of the year. However, it does have 2 wet seasons, one in spring and one in autumn. In winter (June and July) the temperatures are still pleasant, comfortable and it’s very dry. Here are a couple of things to bear in mind about the weather in Nairobi.

  • January, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December: You are likely to experience good weather with warm average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius.
  • On average, March is the warmest month.
  • On average, July the coolest month.
  • April is typically the wettest month and July is the driest month.
What languages are spoken in Nairobi?

Nairobi is famous for being a cosmopolitan city and the hub of East Africa, therefore you can expect lots of different languages being spoken around you.

However, the official languages in Kenya are English and Swahili.

What should say in my hand luggage when travelling to Nairobi?

All valuables should be kept in your hand luggage, not left in your checked bags. We would also recommend if you have connecting flights, to re-check in your bags in your stop off country, to minimise the risk of your luggage getting lost.

Is there malaria in Nairobi?

Limuru and Nairobi is a malaria-free zone. However, we advise you bring an ample supply of anti-malarial tablets for your entire time in Kenya if you plan on travelling outside of Limuru, to the Maasai Mara. Ask your Doctor to prescribe the ones most suitable for you.

Volunteering Safety Tips

Do not wander outside of the volunteer house on your own or without informing a member of staff.

  • Avoid travelling alone, especially at night.
  • Ensure that excess amounts of cash are left in safe boxes, not lying around in plain sight.
  • Do not carry excessive amounts of cash on you.
  • Avoid taking valuables with you.
  • If you are taking a taxi anywhere, make sure you book it in advance through a trusted and reliable driver.
  • Avoid wandering down dark streets, even in large groups.
  • Be aware and alert at bars. Do not leave your drink unattended at any time. If you drink has been left out of your sight, discard it. 
  • Do not enter township areas without being accompanied by one of our local staff members.
  • Be wary of people who seem too friendly too fast.
  • Avoid leaving your personal items like bags or mobile phones unattended.
  • Do not share personal information with anyone under any circumstances.
  • Save your project manager’s number on your phone and make sure to provide us with a copy of your emergency contact person at home.

Kenyan vaccinations

Yellow Fever: A Yellow fever vaccination and the Certificate are compulsory for Kenya. You WILL NOT be allowed to enter the country without it.

We ask you to consult your doctor with regards to other vaccinations. Below are details of what is likely to be recommended.

Tetanus: A recent tetanus injection is highly recommended

Polio: Recommended

Hepatitis A&B: Recommended

Tuberculosis: Recommended

Please travel with copies of your vaccination certificates!

Malaria: Limuru and Nairobi is a malaria-free zone. However, we advise you to bring ample supply of anti-malarial tablets for your entire time in Kenya if you plan on travelling outside of Limuru, to the Maasai Mara. Ask your doctor to prescribe the ones most suitable for you.

NB: we do not recommend Larium (sometimes known to cause hallucinations) or Doxycycline (many people have had bad reactions to the sun when they use this prophylactic).

A simple First Aid Kit will be available on-site, but we recommend you pack your own kit too. There are doctors located within an hour’s drive at large safari camps and for serious medical issues you will need to evacuate to Nairobi.

We strongly recommend you bring a supply of sunscreen cream for the hot African sun – SPF  30 and above. We also suggest you bring a hat and a water bottle with you, as you will be in the sun for a good portion of the day.  Even if the sky is overcast, the sun is strong enough to cause burning.

It is very possible to get dehydrated during your time with us due to the strong sun. Don’t let that be you – please, please, drink lots of water!

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